11 Plus Schools

Buckinghamshire 11 Plus

For Entry in 2020

Buckinghamshire School Allocation Profiles Page 2

Buckinghamshire 12+ and 13+ Tests Page 3

Buckinghamshire (Bucks) is one of the last remaining Counties where education is fully selective. There are 13 grammar schools and 21 upper schools in the County. Admission into Year 7 at all schools is managed centrally by Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC). There is also a Free School that opened in Winslow in September 2013, the Sir Thomas Fremantle Secondary School. The school’s admissions are also handled by BCC.

Buckinghamshire operates an “opt out” system for the 11+, whereby children at Bucks state primary schools are automatically entered for the test unless their parents actively withdraw them from taking it. Children at private schools within the county and those attending schools outside Buckinghamshire must actively apply to take the test.

Many private schools in the county and some large schools outside the county administer the Bucks 11 plus on behalf of Bucks CC. These are known as “Partner Schools”. The children receive the application form for the test and the CAF (school application form) via their school, the tests take place in the school and the results are provided via the school in exactly the same way as for children attending Bucks state schools.

Approximately 30% of children qualify for a grammar school place each year, and around a further 5% are deemed qualified after a successful Review or Appeal against non-qualification. School places are allocated by distance from school gates with defined catchment areas that receive priority.

Online registration for testing opens in early May each year and closes at the end of June. (See below for exact dates for the current round of admissions.)

If your child attends a primary school in Buckinghamshire; they will sit a Preparation Test at their school in order to become familiar with the Transfer Test; they are slightly shorter than the real test and take about 35 minutes each. Children attending other schools are invited to take the Preparation Test at one of the grammar schools.

To assess your chances of gaining a place at your preferred school you can view our summary of past Allocation Profiles (Distances).

Buckinghamshire is unusual in that it has retained the 12+ and 13+ tests for grammar school entry. Places are not reserved for candidates taking these tests, so availability depends on vacancies arising in each year group. The number of places available has declined significantly in recent years.

Important changes to Admissions 2019 onwards

For the September 2018 test (2019 admission) the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools will be reverting to using GL Assessment as the supplier for the test, following 5 years of testing by Durham CEM. Click here for more information.

All subjects continue to be tested in two separate papers.

One paper will contain English comprehension, verbal reasoning, technical English (eg spelling, punctuation and grammar) and the other paper will comprise maths, non-verbal reasoning and spatial reasoning.

Help to boost your child’s exam performance and confidence in preparation for the exams. Book our GL Assessment format papers tailored to the Buckinghamshire schools. BOOK HERE

Bucks 11 Plus Admissions Information for September 2020 entry

Closing date for applications 27th June 2019 at 3pm (open 1st May 2019 at 3pm – Registration is required for all children attending Partner Schools and out of county schools). Children attending Bucks state schools do not need to register. Parents can notify their child’s headteacher if they do not wish their child to take the test
31st October 2019 for the Common Application Form
11+ test dates Thursday 12th September 2019
Practice Test: Tuesday 10th September 2019 – two practice test papers each lasting about 25-30 minutes containing questions that are similar to those they will encounter in the Secondary Transfer Test
Test Types The Secondary Transfer Test will continue to comprise two test papers. The first paper will include comprehension, technical English and verbal reasoning questions. The second paper will include non-verbal reasoning, spatial reasoning and maths questions. This will be the same each year, although the questions will be different. Children will answer questions on separate answer sheets.
Each Secondary Transfer Test paper will take about 45 minutes. This means that it can be administered in under an hour including the introduction and examples.
Examiners GL Assessment
Test Results 18th October 2019
Pass Mark The test does not have a pass mark. Instead there is a qualifying score for admission to grammar school. The qualifying score for Buckinghamshire grammar schools will continue to be a Secondary Transfer Test Score (STTS) of 121 or above. The STTS is calculated by age-standardising the three section scores and then adding them using the following weightings: verbal – 50%; mathematical – 25%; non-verbal – 25%. The total is the STTS
Standardised Score Yes
Allocations Day March 2020
Links Buckinghamshire Admissions Information
Free Familiarisation Materials
The Secondary Transfer Test FAQs
Recommended Materials Maths Practice Materials
English Practice Materials
Verbal Practice Materials
Non-Verbal Practice Materials

More information and advice can also be found in the Buckinghamshire section of the 11+ Forum

Bucks 11 Plus General School Information

Open evening information for all Bucks schools, including grammar schools, is published on the Buckinghamshire County Council website each year. Dates for grammar school open days and evenings for 2020 entry are shown below.

School Admissions Gender Places Open Events
Aylesbury Grammar School
Walton Road,
HP21 7RP
Admissions Policy 2020 Boys 186 in Year 7 Mon 8th July 2019 5.30pm – 8pm,
Mon 16th September 2019 5.30pm – 8pm,
Mon 21st October 2019 9.30am – 11am,
Tues 22nd October 2019 9.30am – 11am
Aylesbury High School
Walton Road,
HP21 7SX
Admissions Policy 2020 Girls 180 in Year 7 Tues 9th July 2019 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Fri 12 July 2019 9.00am-11.00am
Wed 25 September 2019, 5.30pm – 8pm
Fri 27 September 2019, 9am – 11am
Mon 21 October 2019, 9am – 11am
Tues 22 October 2019, 9am – 11am
Thurs 24 October 2019, 9am – 11am
Beaconsfield High School
Wattleton Road,
Admissions Policy 2020 Girls 180 in Year 7 Tues 24th September 2019, 4.30pm – 8pm
Tuesday 22 October 2019, 8.50am – 11.10am
Burnham Grammar School
Hogfair Lane,
Admissions Policy 2020 Mixed 150 in Year 7 Thurs 19th September 5pm – 8pm
Wed 16th October 10am – 12pm
Wed 23rd October 10am – 12pm
Thurs 24th October 10am – 12pm
Chesham Grammar School
White Hill,
Admissions Policy 2020 Mixed 180 in Year 7 Wed 18th September 2019, 6pm – 8pm
Thurs 19 September 2019, 6pm – 8pm
Dr. Challoners Grammar School
Chesham Road,
Admissions Policy 2020 Boys 180 in Year 7 Thurs 11th July 2019, 9am – 11am
Thurs 19th September 2019, 5pm – 8pm
Dr. Challoners High School
Cokes Lane,
Little Chalfont
01494 763 296
Admissions Policy 2020 Girls 180 in Year 7 Thurs 4th July 2019, 9am – 11am
Thurs 19th September 2019, 6pm – 8.30pm
Tues 24th September 2019, 9am – 11am
Tues 15th October 2019, 9am – 11am
John Hampden Grammar School
Marlow Hill,
High Wycombe,
HP11 1SZ
Admissions Policy 2020 Boys 180 in Year 7 Wed 3rd July 2019, 4pm – 8pm
Mon 14th October 2019, 9.30am – 10.30am
Wed 16th October 2019, 9.30am – 10.30am
The Royal Grammar School
Amersham Road,
High Wycombe,
HP13 6QT
Admissions Policy (Day Places) 2020
Admissions Policy (Boarding Places) 2020
Boys 182 day in Year 7 & 10 boarding Mon 16 September 2019, 6pm – 8pm
Tues 17 September 2019, 6pm – 8pm
Tues 22 October 2019, 10.15am – 11.30am
Thurs 24 October 2019, 10.15am – 11.30am
Royal Latin School
Chandos Road,
MK18 1AX
Admissions Policy 2020 Mixed 174 in Year 7 Thurs 20th June 2019, 4.30pm – 8pm
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School
Oxford Road,
HP21 8PE
Admissions Policy 2020 Mixed 180 in Year 7 Thurs 11th July 2019, 5.30am – 8.30pm
Thurs 19th September 2019, 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Thurs 26th September 2019, 9.30am – 11am
Wed 16th October 2019, 9.30am – 11am
Thurs 17th October 2019, 9.30am – 11am
Wed 23th October 2019, 9.30am – 11am
Sir William Borlase School
West Street,
Admissions Policy 2020 Mixed 120 in Year 7 Wed 18th September 2019, 4.30pm – 8.30pm
Wycombe High School
Marlow Road,
High Wycombe,
HP11 1TB
Admissions Policy 2020 Girls 192 in Year 7 Thurs 4th July 2019, 4.30pm – 7.15pm
Tues 15th October 2019, 10am – 12.30pm
Thurs 17th October 2019, 10am – 12.30pm
Fri 18th October 2019, 10am – 12.30pm

N.B. Chesham Grammar School was known as Chesham High School until September 2010.

Upper Schools in Buckinghamshire

All Buckinghamshire Upper Schools are co-educational.

N.B. The Aylesbury Vale Academy was previously known as the Quarrendon School. Chiltern Hills Academy was previously called Chesham Park Community College. The Highcrest Academy was previously known as Highcrest Community School. The Bourne End Academy also known as the Wye Valley School, Burnham E-ACT Academy was previously known as Burnham Upper School.

Buckinghamshire School Allocation Profiles Page 2

Buckinghamshire 12+ and 13+ Tests Page 3

Information on this page was believed to be correct at the time of writing, but we would not necessarily be aware of subsequent changes unless someone brings them to our attention.
Before acting on any information given here, please verify that it is up to date

Page updated on 5th June 2019

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